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Pemberton Councilwoman fined $200 for Ethics Infraction
 

Issue Detail:

 
On September 14, 2009, the New Jersey Local Finance Board (LFB) assessed a $200 penalty against a Pemberton Township Council member for violating the state's Local Government Ethics Law (LGEL). In its decision, the LFB found that Councilwoman Sherry Scull violated the LGEL by voting to adopt an ordinance that increased the salary of her husband's supervisor. The LFB noted the supervisor who received the pay increase--Raymond Williams--was Scull's husband's at the Township's water department. The LFB determined that "given the scope of control wielded by" Williams over Scull's husband--Harry Scull--the Councilwoman "had a direct or indirect personal involvement" that "might reasonably be expected to impair her objectivity or independence of judgment." The matter was brought to the LFB's attention by the New Jersey Libertarian Party and a Pemberton resident. Scull has thirty days within which to appeal the ruling.

 

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